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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
Activities: Hiking

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Great Hike!

This is a bit of a sleeper trail. Strongly advise that you follow guide instructions at start at the trail head at the top of the Sand Beach parking lot. Starting on the other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Tampa, FL
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Tampa, FL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a bit of a sleeper trail. Strongly advise that you follow guide instructions at start at the trail head at the top of the Sand Beach parking lot. Starting on the other side is a much steeper climb up. It was fun coming down, but glad we didn't go up that way. As with any hike in Acadia,... More 

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new jersey
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We were here in mid-April before the park was fully open. We'd hope to hike Beehive but there was still too much snow on the ground. We lucked out with a gorgeous sunny day and it was great to be on the Great Head overlooking the ocean. The hike is somewhere between easy and moderate.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

The Great Head Trail is somewhere between an easy and moderate hike. It is not too long, less that two miles, but it can be a little longer if you do the entire "figure 8" trek. The highlight of this trip is the amazing view of Sand Beach and Old Soaker (which looks like a whale sticking out of the... More 

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USA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I lover either hiking across the beach or down the trail through the meadow to get here. A little more strenuous with the ups and downs than the shoreline but great views all around. Some summers we found black flies. When you do they are everywhere, turn around and go back.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This can be a loop trail--most people start and end at the sand beach--or you can combine part of Great Head with Gorham mountain and the shore walk. Either way this is a very attractive hiking area and the fall is a perfect time of year to do it!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Start from Sand Beach which is also worth spending time and enjoy a view packed walk through the woods. Pay attention to the blue trail markers as it is easy to get turned around. Bring you camera, water and snacks. Not for small children - cliff hazards.

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Gill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a fantastic hike along the top of the ocean cliffs. It is a loop trail. When you reach the end and turn back into the forest take a left when you reach the parking lot. Follow the deserted road back to the Sand Beach Parking lot.

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Dix Hills, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It took a little over 1 1/2 hours for us to complete this trail. You need sturdy shoes as there is a bit of scambling up large boulders. This climb is not easy, it is moderate. The views are beautiful. Have your camera strapped well to your body as it will hit the rocks as you are climbing. The views... More 

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New Hampshire
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We asked the manager at Blackwoods Campground for a good 1.5 to 2 hour hike with great views. He said this one was his favorite short hike in the park, so we got up early in the morning and took his advice. This is a super short hike for the agile hiker, if you take the counterclockwise loop from Sand... More 

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Fergus, Ontario
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A bit of a challenge, as you have to go up some rock faces, so wear proper footwear, but well worth it. Great views and lots of spots to stop on to enjoy the views.

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